The Way Way Back (2013)
Critic Consensus: Despite its familiar themes, The Way Way Back makes use of its talented cast, finely tuned script, and an abundance of charm to deliver a funny and satisfying coming-of-age story.
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The film has been complacently concocted for likability even as it gives you very little that's real, structured, or spontaneous enough to enjoy.
Nice comedic work from Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney buoys this pleasant but routine coming-of-age drama by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
This film's masterstroke is showing everything from Duncan's point of view, without the traditional cloying narration.
Like many of the best films in this genre The Way, Way Back is rooted in truth: honest observations about family dynamics, adolescence, dependence and independence.
An unexpected yet irresistible cross between Meatballs and The Ice Storm, The Way Way Back just may be the best movie of the summer.
Audience Reviews for The Way Way Back
I like coming-of-age movies, and this is one of the better ones. Duncan comes out of his shell and stands up for himself after a summer at the beach. The chief architect of this change is Owen - a strange duck himself.
Not without its moments, but uneven overall--too many characters to background in the early going. As a result, the movie kind of wanders for the first 20-30 minutes, and winds up leaning too heavily on the montage while telling Duncan's story, glazing over the sense of purpose that his new job gives him and his budding romance with the girl next door. Strong final act, though, and great work by Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell playing against type, but there was just too much story here, probably two and a half hours worth... I wouldn't have sat through this kind of movie were it that long, but instead of glazing over the main plot to make it shorter, they could have cut a plot line or two and really brought us further inside Duncan.
Didn't expect a movie where Steve Carell plays the asshole
The Way Way Back Quotes
|Susanna:||That's the power of this place. It's like spring break for adults.|
|Owen:||I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave. You're having way too much fun, it's making everyone uncomfortable.|
|Owen:||Don't die wondering.|
|Owen:||Good, always take things literally. How's that working out for you, does that get you laid?|
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